Art: Lord of the Rings

By Molly Webster

Photo by Dan Morgen

Though it needs a daily spritz from its accompanying recycled-silver watering can, designer Brandon Holschuh’s living-moss ring is meant to adorn the finger. The piece—a fruiting moss cradled in a copper cup complete with watering holes for drainage—is characteristic of Holschuh’s creations, which typically include earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that marry the industrial with the organic. From metals found at antique shops to Wonder Bread twist ties, 8mm camera lenses, beige seedpods, and even (gasp!) mouse femur bones, the artist uses recycled and natural materials to make wearable art. “I like to take something that wasn’t so pretty or didn’t have a place in history and reuse it,” Holschuh explains.

The 32-year-old Ohio native, whose work is displayed in galleries and on collarbones from New York to LA, will kick off the summer arts-festival season with a June exhibit at Art by the Falls in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He’ll also be finishing up his book, The Jeweler’s Studio Handbook (Quarry Books), set to be released in 2009. Discover some pieces from Holschuh’s ever-changing online collection, like the repurposed metal trumpet ring or the telephone necklace made from old phone and printer parts. Now that’s some trash you can really treasure. 

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